The Presence of Absence


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$24.95  $23.20
David R. Godine Publisher
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7.56 X 4.88 X 0.94 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Simon Van Booy has written over a dozen works of fiction (including Night Came with Many Stars) and is the editor of three volumes of philosophy. His books have been translated into many languages. He grew up in rural Wales, but currently lives in New York City where he works as an author, an editor, and an emergency medic at the Ridgewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps.


"Flows with depth and power....From its outset, Presence of Absence runs blood-rich with declarations that make you inhale sharply....wide-open wonder."
--Washington Post

"Rich in setting and emotion. As ever with Van Booy, the reader is in good hands."

--Publishers Weekly

"This amazed me. It's so deftly, delicately written, it seems as if real breeze is blowing--this, in the context of serious, sad subject matter. It's a perfect integration of form and content, though who would have imagined it this way except Simon Van Booy? Reading it made me think about the many things hidden in and from our lives that appear only when they do. It's a moving, brilliant book."

--Ann Beattie

"Some books have a voice that you tune into, a voice you know you can follow no matter where it's going...The Presence of Absence is impossible to resist. A captivating fable that echoes in the mind long after the book is finished."

--Ilya Kaminsky